from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not polished, as:
  • adj. Not smooth and shiny: unpolished shoes; unpolished gemstones.
  • adj. Not elaborated, perfected, or completed: an unpolished performance.
  • adj. Not having attained a high degree of skill: an unpolished tenor.
  • adj. Lacking good manners, culture, or refinement.
  • adj. Natural and unsophisticated: The service was friendly and unpolished.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not polished; not brought to a polish.
  • adj. Deprived of polish.
  • adj. Not refined in manners; uncivilized; rude; plain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not polished; not brought to a polish: noting surfaces of marble, wood, metal, etc.
  • Deprived of polish.
  • Not refined in manners; uncivilized; rude; plain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not carefully reworked or perfected or made smooth by polishing
  • adj. lacking social polish


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  • In a world saturated by overproduced, unnaturally perfect, and clean - the unpolished is the most creative and in many cases most inspirational.


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